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Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg reading, including Howl

Published August 9, 1975

An Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg poetry reading. Waldman reads "Fast Speaking Woman" and other poems. Ginsberg reads "Howl" in its entirety, and other poems.

Run time 1:12:00
Label / Recorded by Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics


Reviewer: Pretty Mary Dies - - September 8, 2009
Subject: wonderful
not only is the audio of great quality, but Allen Ginsberg's reading of Howl is the best i ever came across to this day
THANKS A LOT to the streamer
Reviewer: billbarstad - - December 13, 2007
Subject: Thanks!
I downloaded the VBR MP3 file (161kbps). Allen Ginsberg introduces his poem 'Howl' 40:50 into the file and the applause ends at 107:48. The recording is high quality.
Reviewer: beat generation - - June 1, 2006
Subject: Howl
Very good!!!
Reviewer: damiand - - May 22, 2006
Subject: damiand
thank you!
Reviewer: JeremyCrowe - - May 11, 2006
Subject: This made me "howl."
This audio file is, I'm assuming, at some sort of public reading in which Ginsberg participated with other poets. The recording is clear, understandable, and because I have anticipated finding it, phenomenal! Would be nice, though, to have available just Ginsberg's readings of Howl separate from his other poems as well as Anne Waldman's reading. I'm very pleased!
Reviewer: redMarquise - - May 3, 2006
Subject: No Howl
I downloaded the file but all I hear is the chant. There is no poem anywhere on it.
Can someone restream it?
Reviewer: Saboo - - March 2, 2006
Subject: they sound earnest but
what the heck are these people talking about? Id rather listen to gregorian chanting than this obfuscation of the English language - give me a break - you get a 2 for your recording and a 2 for creativity, but this is vapid and boring at the same time.
Reviewer: vatsyayan - - February 26, 2006
Subject: best of beatniks
violent,aggressive and 'plutonium' kind of poetry of the ressistance and equally well recited.
raman sinha
Reviewer: Nous - - October 1, 2005
Subject: Thank You
Thanks I've been looking for a recording of Howl read by Ginsburg. Just listening to the mp3 now, so far I'm amazed.
Reviewer: Blank - - August 15, 2005
Subject: Songlist
0:00: Gate Gate Pargate Parsum Gate Bodhi Svaha Chant
3:15: Loooong Intros of Anne, Allen & Chogyam
8:30: Anne Waldman
38:55 AG
39:12: WCW's Thursday
40:15: Howl
1:08:00: Ego Confession
Reviewer: ssbrown - - August 30, 2004
Subject: No Howl Here
Thank you, archivegrl. I will restream it. I had downloaded it twice, to be sure. It seems the info on the FTP info page directed me to the wrong file ( I think that's the page I worked from.) All's well that ends well.

Original post:
My goodness, almost 400 downloads and no one has bothered to mention a couple of glaring mistakes on the downloads info page.

First, the date of the taping must be August 9th, 1985, and not 1975 as stated, as Steven Taylor's activities are enumerated through 1984 as he's being introduced (not to mention Anne Waldman's poem about the Contras in Nicaragua.)

Second, though Ginsberg reads several poems, Howl is not among them.
Reviewer: gankmore - - July 9, 2004
Subject: lofty incantations
wonderful recording.
Reviewer: archivegrl - - July 6, 2004
Subject: reply to ss
hi ss. curious. I listened to this file via lo-fi stream, and it was indeed Waldman and Ginsberg, including Howl. Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, is introduced, as well. Which version did you hear? The stream began with a mighty fine chant accompanied by harmonium.

Virtual visual aid: I'm told Ginsberg set the stage for these reaadings by unfurling a large square orange silk scarf (imprinted with Ganesha), which he positioned himself and the harmonium on. He'd light incense, then tune the crowd with a mantra or chant.

Stream it again, ss, it's worth it.
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